S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Rose, Mr William James (fossil collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

W.J. Rose, described as "late resident railway engineer", presented a collection of fossils from the neighbourhood of Uitenhage to the Albany Museum, Grahamstown in 1880. The collection included several species of molluscs, including some large oysters, and fragments of a large ammonite belonging to an undescribed species. The Curator, B.J. Glanville*, described them as of Jurassic age [i.e., from the Uitenhage Group].

The collector was probably William James Rose, who was district engineer at Cradock, in the Midland System of the Cape Government Railways, from January 1891 until 1903.

List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Civil service list, 1896, 1903.

Cape of Good Hope. Report of the Committee of Management of the Albany Museum, 1880.

Compiled by: C. Plug